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LORRIE MOORE READS NOV. 30 -- Acclaimed short story writer Lorrie Moore will read from her new book, "Birds of America," at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. Sponsored by Prairie Lights Books, the reading is free and open to the public.

The New York Times Book Review says, "Moore may be the most acute and lasting [writer] of her generation."

The New Yorker says, "Moore's narrators have comic yet dark stories to tell: they fire off crisp, De Vriesian one-liners and then, when you least expect it, sneak in wrenching revelations."

Moore is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, "The Best American Short Stories," and "Prize stories: The O. Henry Awards." She is the author of two novels and two previous short story collections.

The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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CAROLYN LIEBERG READS AT PRAIRE LIGHTS DEC. 1 -- University of Iowa faculty member Carolyn Lieberg will read from her new book, "Little Sisters," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

In her latest book, Lieberg, who graduated with a degree in nonfiction writing from the UI, explores the joys and trials of growing up as "the youngest, shortest female in a household."

Lieberg is also the author of "Calling the Midwest Home." She lives in Iowa City.

The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI am 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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PERSPECTIVES, DEC. 2 -- Keith Achepohl, head of printmaking at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will give a gallery tour of the exhibition "Colorprint USA 1998" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the UI Museum of Art. This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

"Colorprint USA" is a periodic exhibition devoted to showing the work of artists engaged in exploring color processes in a wide variety of print media. Conceived of by Lynwood Kreneck, a printmaker teaching at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, "Colorprint USA 1998" offers images by 50 printmakers, one from each of the 50 states, and opens simultaneously in all 50 states.

The exhibition features outstanding examples of lithography, woodcut, etching, screenprint and other printmaking procedures by some of America's finest print artists. Achepohl is the artist representing Iowa.

Achepohl said, "This exhibition is representative of what is going on across the nation in terms of printmaking and education. Some of the artists on display are people who have been teaching printmaking for the last 25 years. It's exciting to have the opportunity to talk about their work, and to see it this widely exposed."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Achepohl's gallery tour. Admission is free.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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UI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DEC. 3 -- The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will be led by five student conductors in a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in Voxman Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

Two works will be performed on the concert. James Mothersbaugh will conduct the Overture to "Der Freischuetz" by Carl Maria von Weber, and four students will each conduct one movement of Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 104 -- the last of twelve symphonies composed by Haydn for his two separate visits to London, and the last symphony that he wrote.

The four conductors and their movements will be: Sergio Espinosa, first movement; Lucia Matos, second movement; Samuel Kwok, third movement; and Beverly Everett, last movement.

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ADAM HOCHSCHILD READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS DEC. 3 -- Political journalist Adam Hochschild will read from his new book, "King Leopold's Ghost," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Paul Theroux calls Hochschild's new book "a remarkable achievement, hugely satisfying on many levels. It overwhelmed me in the way 'Heart of Darkness' did when I first read it -- and for precisely the same reason: as a revelation of the horror that had been hidden in the Congo."

Hochschild is the author of four other books, one of which is "The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin," which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. He teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

The reading will be broadcast on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.